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5 (New) Things I Don’t Get

It’s been a long and serious week around here. That’s not bad at all, but it’s fun to break it up sometimes with a little not-so-seriousness. Periodically, I like to share 5 Things I Don’t Get, and it’s just a moment for both me and you to unburden ourselves of the things that make no sense to us, drive us crazy, and/or make us scratch our heads in befuddled wonder (if you’re interested in more of these, click here if you dare). Nothing wrong with laughter or at the very least, sly, knowing smiles.

As always, I like to point out my Biblical basis for this exercise: Proverbs 30:18-19. Ready?

  1. My addiction to “!” and “–” I’m certain this is a sign of poor writing, but I can’t seem to help myself. I’m very emphatic and I like those dashes! When you have a list, when you’re interjecting a thought–that dash just feels so right. And yeah, there I go again.
  2. Why I try to spell word verifications “correctly.” You know those little CAPTCHA tests that they put before you can publish your comment on some blogs? That’s what I’m talking about. Often they look like real words and I have the hardest time not spelling those words correctly. Must be the Grammar Nazi English Major coming out in me. I’ve literally had to redo some of these several times. These are tongues they do not want you to interpret.
  3. Why the word verifications are getting so hard. I guess spammers have figured out the old captchas and as normal, they make life harder on the rest of us. Over the past few months, I have noticed that these things are getting fuzzier and more closely compacted so you can’t tell letters apart. I have sometimes tried three or four different ones before it works. Secretly, I think the CAPTCHA box has gained sentience and is taking pity on me, but I’m not 100% postive.
  4. The word, Splurge.  I hadn’t noticed this until a week or so ago, but this totally sounds like a made-up word! If I were hearing this word for the first time, I would envision a rather heavy-set gentleman attempting a jump off the high dive. With grace and style, he leaps into his dive, but just before he hits the water, he flips into a belly-flop. That’s a splurge. Spending a week’s salary on a pair of jeans? That’s just stupid.
  5. Why people are waiting to contribute to the new worship album.  Okay, you caught me, I’m slipping in a reminder about the fundraising campaign over at Indiegogo.com where I’m trying to get contributions for my next album. I know a lot of people have thought about it and have planned to do it, but we only have 18 days left and there’s a long way to go. Don’t make me feel like a splurge, help me get this done!

Your turn! What’s on your list of things you don’t get right now (or possibly ever)?

8 Comments

  1. Don’t know that I have 5, but I’ll put down the ones that come.

    1. I also struggle with the word verifications. They are just getting too far out there; I think they’re just messing with us at this point.

    2. Why does auto-correct correct words that I spell correctly, but misses words I spell incorrectly. Last night I was attempting to spell salmon and fat fingered it as salomn…. Auto-correct totally dropped the ball and let me look like an idiot.

    3. Why does my brain insist on checking out 3 days before it’s time to go on vacation? It’s the time that I need to focus the most to make sure things are in order so that I can walk away for a week.

    4. Why people who drive the same route to and from work everyday still can’t figure out that a certain area will back up if they don’t use proper merging techniques. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.

    5. I agree with your number 5

    5.
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    • Andrea and I had a conversation about this autocorrect thing, and I think it learns from you (especially if it’s not a common word). I’ve seen ones that I have misspelled several times and it will “correct” my current misspelling with the old one. So weird! I thought these things were smart phones? Geez. Thanks Philip. :) And I hope you have a wonderful trip.

  2. Okay, well I don’t get… enough sleep for one…

    I don’t get how people can hear a person talk and then know without question they didn’t do what they said they were going to do, and then they listen to the next lie without even considering the person is lying like a rug?

    Another thing that bugs me is that I can’t spell words I used to spell perfectly? What happened to my brain?

    The biggest thing that bothers me is how our society has close to zero moral character. Everything is acceptable if it means we gain or win something. The greatest part of a person is who they are by character and the greatest thing we have, we sell for money…. even though all the money in the world can’t buy it. How pathetic is that?

    Oh, and one more thing! It also bugs me that I’m so easily bugged!

    I like the dashes, they’re clever!

    Praying for your new music venture!

    • You do seem provoked! I hear ya and agree, especially about the sleep thing. :) And I so appreciate the prayers, Floyd!

  3. I don’t get why people insist on USING Captchas…I hate them. I hate them with a fiery burning passion. Have you seen those ones where the first thing you have to decipher is a photo of a number? A PHOTO. of a NUMBER. Sometimes it’s so fuzzy you can’t even tell it’s a number. Everyone needs to disable Captchas. Now.

    We are only waiting until we get paid this weekend…and then our contribution to your new album is ON like DONKEY KONG.

    • I think most of them are on Blogger blogs. With WordPress there are some other avenues and simple fixes. And yeah, I hate those fuzzy numbers! Crazy.

      And thank you so much for the support! You guys are awesome. :)

  4. My 5 are the following

    1. Why every new tv show is either a reality show or something to do with an immoral lifestyle (Thank God For TV Land !)

    2. Why people don’t like spinach ( I think it taste better than green peas)

    3. Why people have never eaten biscuits and gravy (Its one of God’s greatest recipes !)

    4. Why The New York Knicks didn’t win the NBA Title In 1994 I mean Michael Jordan retired and they had a powerhouse team I guess The Bible Belt was praying hard for Houston To Win !

    5. Lastly why are Christians letting the recession defeat there why of live, because if you study the word you’ll see our Fathers strived and fulfilled there destiny when there was famine in the land.
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    • I’m with you on all but #4 and only because I never cared that much about professional sports. Love to play sports, never really liked to watch! Thanks Andrew.